Softbank plans low cost fibre service

26 Jun 2006

Japanese operator Softbank Corp has announced plans to introduce a low cost fibre-optic communication service before the end of its current fiscal year (to 31 March 2007), says the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, citing unidentified company sources. The newspaper says that the new service switches from fibre-optic lines to basic copper lines near the homes of customers, enabling the carrier to lower its operating costs and offer a competitively priced service without unduly sacrificing connections speeds. Prices for the new service are expected to be lower than the JPY6,000 (USD51.5) a month paid for existing fibre services, but higher than the JPY3,000 to JPY4,000 charged for an ADSL line.